June 25, 2018
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Incumbent Hawes, newcomers Longo and Durgin picked for Bangor council

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Incumbents Susan Hawes and newcomers Charles Longo and Nelson Durgin were elected Tuesday to the three open seats on the City Council.

According to unofficial results, Hawes was the leading vote-getter with 5,335, followed by Longo with 4,601 and Durgin with 4,433.

Incumbent Hal Wheeler (4,150 votes) and Charles “Nick” Bearce (2,805) rounded out the candidates. Richard Stone, a longtime councilor and the current council chairman, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

Hawes has served on the City Council for two terms since 2004, including one year as City Council chairwoman.

Longo, at age 21, is believed to be the youngest person ever elected to the Bangor City Council. Gov. John Baldacci started his political career on the Bangor council at age 23.

For two open seats on the school committee, incumbent Mary Budd lost her re-election bid to first-time candidates Kate Dickerson and Jay Ye. Dickerson received 4,859 votes, followed by Ye with 4,565 votes and Budd with 4,315 votes.

City councilors and school committee members serve three-year terms.

Bangor voters also approved eight referendum questions that addressed several changes to the municipal charter.

Many of the changes, which were the result of six months of study by a citizen review committee, are minor updates to the charter, but others involve bigger changes to the political process.

One referendum question changed several provisions of the process for recalling an elected official, which is a rare occurrence but actually happened last year. Among the changes would be to increase the number of signatures required to initiate a recall petition from 10 to 100, and to reduce the amount of time residents have to collect signatures from 60 days to 30 days.

Another charge bars any family member of a sitting councilor from sitting on any municipal committee.

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